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Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins

An interesting foursome tie for seventh in career DRC+, each with 150 (50 percent above the norm):

Hank Aaron

Willie Mays

Frank Robinson

Harmon Killebrew

Mike Schmidt is alone in the sixth spot with 152.

Alex Patton Alex
Max Kepler Minnesota Twins

The metric has been rolled out and today Aaron Gleeman applies it to Kepler.

... Kepler had a .257 BABIP from 2016-2018, which was ninth-worst in baseball among the 236 hitters with at least 1,000 plate appearances, and his .236 BABIP in 2018 was third-worst among qualified hitters. Most of the guys in that same low-BABIP range are some combination of right-handed, slow/old, and extreme fly-ball hitters, but Kepler is none of those things. Yet because he’s posted a very low BABIP in all three years, including one of the worst marks in baseball this past season, it’s getting harder not to assume something beyond just bad luck is to blame.

That was my thinking, anyway. DRC+, however, sees Kepler in a much different light, largely because of how it treats his BABIP. Whereas his OPS and OPS+ have barely budged, DRC+ shows him as debuting at 99 in 2016, dipping to 91 in 2017, and then rising to 111 in 2018, with a “deserved” line of .252/.339/.433 compared to his actual .224/.319/.408 performance. The career numbers are basically the same—95 OPS+ vs. 98 DRC+—but the year-to-year progression tells a different, more encouraging story.

Alex Patton Alex
Harold Baines Chicago White Sox

We don't show black ink and in truth there's very little to show.

Without peeking at Baseball-Reference, anyone care to guess where it is?

Alex Patton Alex

Yeah, but you hear that now.  Rabbit Maranville.  Phil Rizzuto. Red Faber.  

Mike Dean TMU2009

If the HOF is supposed to be a great honor, the honor gets slightly cheapened each time you lower the standards. I got no beef with HB, but from now on he'll be one of those guys most mentioned when someone says, "Well, if Harold Baines can get in, then xxx should be in as well".

Keith Prosseda andypro

I realize that longevity is his main selling point, but longevity is a virtue.  He's 46th all-time in hits; 43rd all time in total bases; 34th all-time in RBIs.  I see why I (or you) wouldn't vote for him, but I don't think it's an embarrassment.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Yandy Diaz Cleveland Indians

Trades will determine where he plays -- third, platoon at first, DH -- but the Indians seem to be planning for significant atbats for Diaz this year. Diaz should be worth at least 5-7, maybe double that if all comes together.

Today, I would bid more than 1, probably 4, with profit in mind. Rumors are that Diaz and management still butt heads about his hitting approach. Francona says that he sees Diaz as a middle of the order hitter down the road. But Cleveland-sized potholes keep getting in the way.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Harold Baines Chicago White Sox

For at least the last eight years, Baines was the guy in my league I could buy at a bargain. Underrated, he was always a profit center, a delight to own, but not a Hall of Famer.  

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()

I'm not sure I would have voted for him, but I'm not offended by his election.  That's a lot of hits; that's a lot of RBIs.  I grow weary of those saying that only the creme de la creme should go in, which has never been the standard.  I don't think his election is a stain on the Hall.  His comps on Baseball Reference have a lot of HOFers on the list.

Mike Dean TMU2009

Baines was a good player. There are so many more deserving players who keep getting overlooked.

Mike Gianella MikeG

I'm not a fan of closers going into the Hall and from a stats perspective Smith doesn't deserve it, but if there's anyone from my formative years who fits the "fame" part of the HOF argument (whose stats aren't there) it's Smith. Such a memorable pitcher, and he wasn't exactly a slouch either. I don't really have a problem with inducting him (and I was surprised I had this reaction last night).

Mike Gianella MikeG
Harold Baines Chicago White Sox

I blame it on WAR.

Alex Patton Alex

This has to be the most 'Everybody Gets A Trophy' HOF selection ever.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals

Interesting ... BB Reference has Harper at:
2014  1.1 WAR

2015  10.0  WAR
2016  1.5

2017   4.3
2018   1.3

His OPS+ for the 3 down years were 111, 114, and 133.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Harold Baines Chicago White Sox

Great story, Eugene. I loved watching Harold Baines hit. I can't believe he's 59 years old!

Scott Shea scotts

He had more saves of 2+ innings than Mariano(incl postseason) and Hoffman combined. 

van wilhoite LVW

Was rarely the best closer, but was a very good closer for a very long time.  It was fun having Lee Arthur Smith in Baltimore for one season.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Harold Baines Chicago White Sox

I was sitting in the left field bleachers at Camden Yards back in 1992, the year the Park opened.  The Orioles were playing the A's and a young kid got up on the seat and cheered when Baines came to the plate.  I asked if he was from St. Mary's or Easton.  The kid's father turned to me and said, "I'm from Easton and I'm Harold's brother."  Very cool.  It was Harold's brother and nephew.  Baines is a Maryland native, having grown up on the Eastern Shore about an hour from where the Orioles farm club the Delmarva Shorebirds play.  

Now Baines is going into the HOF.  I always considered him a borderline case, but on the outside.  That said, I have no problem with him going in.  His peers obviously are the ones who are recognizing him with a lot of contemporaries on the panel that elected him.  Congrats Harold.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds

I've given another gander at DRC+ and come to the conclusion that the differences are quite perceptible. Here are the top five lifetime since 1921:

1. Ted Williams 180

2. Barry Bonds 175

3. Lou Gehrig 168

4. Mark McGuire 164

5. Babe Ruth 161

Alex Patton Alex
Yandy Diaz Cleveland Indians

I guess $1 is the right price if he's a DH-only but he played 73 games at third in AAA and right now is the Indians' third baseman on the depth chart at Rotowire.

Alex Patton Alex

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